Get. It. Done.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

It's time to come clean and tell you that I have been a mess the past few weeks. One minute I can't wait to redecorate and the next I convince myself that this move is a colossal mistake. I am trying to be positive but there are those moments where my doubts get the best of me. Throughout my almost two years in Chicago, I have had many moments where I've looked out the window and wondered how I ended up two thousand miles away from the city I always called home. I have questioned this move countless times. And while I love Chicago, there are still moments when I wonder what I'm doing here.

I wanted to share this with you because I've had a few readers tell me how brave I am, and it is so important to me that you all know that I am no more brave than any of you. Was my move a big decision? Yes. Was it bold? I suppose it was. But please do not sell yourself short. If you are thinking of taking that leap of faith, go for it. If I've learned one thing in my 20s (which will be over in three months) it's that now is the time to live.

I have grown so much and wouldn't be the person that I am today had I not moved to Chicago. I can't imagine my life without the friends I've made. Without The Everygirl. Without my best girl/business partner. And while I am just moving a few miles away, I am going to miss my little home. Fortunately, my mom will be here next week and I have some of the most supportive friends a girl could ask for. And Buddy. He's handsome and perfect and I don't know what I'd do without my little roommate.

Here's what's on my to do list before the move:
CrossFit! Can't give that up. I am loving it!  
Lots of graphic design projects
The Everygirl
A photography project for Brooklyn Thread
Lots of photos to edit for TEG
Trip to the DMV for a new ID (ugh) 
Change billing address, set up electric, schedule internet installation etc...
Packing! No fun.
An event tonight and plans tomorrow night (last plans I'll be making for a while)
Work with our three interns (Chloe and Caitlin are already here and Mary arrives next week!).
Buy primer and paint over my dark grey wall in the entry
Need to sell/donate a few things
Have apartment painted
A visit from my mom next week
...and I'm moving!

How do you reduce stress when your to do list piles up and how do you cope with big changes in your life?


  1. You can do it Danielle! Having moved so much I have it pretty much down to a science... I go space by space so I can totally check off an area, and when I check something off my list I reward myself.. with a glass of wine or by painting my toenails. Oh and I always have 'friends' on in the background. Good luck!


  2. Wow, that's a lot on your list - but you'll get it done, and even if you don't - it's ok. :)

    ~Natasha Fatah~
    ~Natasha Fatah~

  3. I get wasted then I take a nap. It's not productive but it makes me feel better.

  4. Good luck!! I absolutely hate packing so I'm really empathizing with you here! haha

    As for tackling to-do lists, I do all the small tasks first and then I can cross those off my list and feel really productive before moving on to more time-consuming and bigger projects!!

  5. I just moved from Michigan to Chicago about 2 months ago...despite the fact that I came from a tiny apartment, stuff piled UP. I don't know where the heck everything came from...I think I got through it by treating myself with little rewards for finishing a to-do list. Either way, you know it will all get done, because it always does. Whew! And remember how fun it is to get to redecorate!
    Anyway, good luck getting a new ID..I just had to do the same thing. And of course I didn't have all necessary documents the first time around. So fun.
    maria anne

  6. When I get stressed, sitting down and writing everything I need to get done seems to make me feel more in control.. looks like you have already done that!
    Good Luck! I bet making TEG was stressful at times and look at it now, my fav thing to read everyday!!

  7. Thank you for sharing. This is probably TMI. But I am almost 25 (will be this month) I have been working for about a year now (in Sept) as an event coordinator in Indianapolis. I love my job and love that I am able to live at home and save money (kinda). But I am so ready for something new. I have been applying for some jobs out of state but of course nothing has come about. I'm afraid but I think in this next year I just want to get out there pack up and leave. I can always come back if it doesn't work out. : / scary thought. But I think it will give me a growth spurt that I will need.
    stay positive. that always helps stress and think someone has it way worse than you do.

  8. lists before bed time and exercise-even if you think there is no time-will help you sleep

  9. Such an honest post! Crossfit will definitely help. Whenever I'm stressed and think I don't have time to work out or do something for myself I force myself to and feel so much better afterward.

    I'll be sending good thoughts ;)


  10. You can do it! Just take one thing at a time, and give yourself permission to rest and relax every once in a while. Good luck!

  11. I am so excited to start working with you! I hope that I can take away some of the stress....A couple of weeks and you can really relax and enjoy Summer in Chicago with your TEG family! Just gotta get through the next little bit...Having you mom will help too!

  12. Lots to do Danielle but you'll be fine...

    I had to move out/in 3 days before my wedding due to a very unexpected event in my life... It was pretty crazy because I didn't plan moving out/in I just had to. It was a mess and soooooo stressful. Moving to a new place can be stressful but it can also be enjoyable if you have time to plan and get organized like you are doing!

    So Happy planning !

    Love from:

  13. That is a courageous move. I feel you about being super busy and wondering how to stay sane the whole time. I actually just wrote a piece called "Tip for Friday" and I think you might like it:


    Cathy Trails

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